|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1934|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1965, Vietnam|
Kenneth Leon Stancil, a 31-year-old helicopter pilot was shot down in Viet Nam on December 28, 1965. His remains have been recovered and will be buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga.
Mr. Stancil was a graduate of Central High School and was of the Baptist faith.
Kenneth received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in November, 1965, at the battle of Ia Drang. Under heavy enemy fire, of which his helicopter was the target, he remained on the ground to permit the unloading of ammunition and the loading of the seriously wounded American soldiers.
He also received the Air Medal with Numeral "6", Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm Device and several more.
Since the time of his death, his parents, Claude E. Stancil Sr., and Anna Mae Chambers Stancil, one sister, Margaret Robinette, two brothers, Claude E. Stancil Jr. and Clyde Stancil have passed away as well.
Survivors include his daughter, Kathy Renee Wells of Nashville; one brother, Don Stancil and his wife, Cathy of East Ridge; several nieces and nephews, including Chad and Chrissy Stancil.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at Chattanooga National Cemetery, with full military honors.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2009 at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road.
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Created by: Richard B. Tucker, Sr.
Record added: Sep 30, 2009
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